U.S. Apple Association announced the hiring of Mark Seetin as its new director of regulatory and industry affairs in a news release issued Feb. 17.
Seetin will be responsible for handling interaction with regulatory agencies and management of the association’s information program, as well as overseeing apple production and marketing issues. He is also staff representative to the U.S. Apple Industry Information Committee, Research Subcommittee, and several other subcommittees and task forces.
Before being hired by U.S. Apple Association, Seetin was a senior vice president for government affairs for the American Stock Exchange. Before that, he was a consultant to the Natural Resources Conservation Service of USDA and worked with the U.S. Department of Energy in a consulting role. Early in his career, Seetin was commissioner of agriculture for the state of Minnesota.
Seetin’s first day with U.S. Apple Association, which is based in Vienna, VA., was Feb. 5. His responsibilities will be similar to those of former association president Jim Cranney, who left the group in June to become president of the California Citrus Quality Council.